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A federal judge will hear arguments next month on whether to block Spirit AeroSystems from selling off its fabrication operations or laying off workers.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree set an Oct. 8th hearing in Topeka over a lawsuit the Machinists union's filed against Spirit.

The suit says the Machinists gave up the right to strike and accepted pay cuts and smaller wage increases in a 10-year contract negotiated in 2010. It says that in exchange, Spirit agreed to maintain major manufacturing operations in Wichita.

Wichita maintenance technician Mark Lankford has pleaded guilty to selling equipment he stole from two Wichita companies where he worked.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas says Lankford pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud.

He admitted stealing equipment from Spirit Aerosystems and Fiber Glass Systems.

Prosecutors say he made more than $150,000 from selling the stolen equipment.

Lankford was an equipment maintenance technician for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita from October 2010 to Sept. 5, 2011.

Appeals Court Sides With Spirit In Labor Dispute

Sep 18, 2013

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Spirit AeroSystems in a labor dispute stemming from the way the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker evaluates employee performance.

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Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.

In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.

Spirit Announces More Job Cuts

Aug 29, 2013

Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems plans to cut more jobs at its plant in Wichita, starting in September.

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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings shares sank Tuesday after the aircraft parts maker said it would postpone filing its second-quarter earnings report and plans to shed its operations in Oklahoma.

The Wichita-based airplane manufacturer has gone through a number of major changes recently, including adding CEO Larry Lawson in March. Lawson warned investors in May that the company would do a "comprehensive evaluation" of the development programs in Tulsa, Okla., Wichita, Kan., Kinston, N.C., and St. Nazaire, France.

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Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations.

The company said in a news release Thursday that this is a "strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment." It says the reductions are designed to "reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency, and drive improved performance."

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A group of students met Saturday at Wichita State University for the 13th annual Mindstorms Challenge, a Lego robotics competition. The challenge is designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math, while promoting teamwork.

The theme for the event was “The WuShock, an Unexpected Journey” with teams like The Bilbot Baggins of Andovershire.

“We started working the weekend they released the courses, which was mid-January, and we’ve been meeting at least a couple of times a week since then,” says Bob Elsburnd, a parent and team coach.

Union Approves Spirit Contract

Dec 12, 2012

Members of an engineering union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have overwhelmingly approved a six-year
contract.

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